The objective of the Indianapolis Public Library African American History Committee is to present the diverse accomplishments and heritage of African Americans to the general public. The AAHC was created in 1978 by Elizabeth Levy, and was sponsored by Celia (Cathy) Gibson. Early signature events included film festivals and "An Afternoon with..." featuring famous authors, actors, and historians. Meet the Artists and the Family Fall Fest are perhaps the AAHC's best known events. Meet the Artists occurs every spring, and Family Fall Fest in November.
This digital collection was begun by an AAHC member in 2013, and work was completed in 2015. Inside you will find information on past events, lectures, and exhibits. You can view posters, programs, news items, and compilations of African American authors and illustrators. If you're in the mood for poetry, check out eight years of entries in the Family Fall Fest Slammin' Rhymes Challenge!
To learn more about the Committee and upcoming events, visit their Facebook page.
This collection was made possible by Rodney Freeman, a former African American History Committee member.